Spotlight

A conscious decision

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a regular man who decided he would do great things, Soledad O’Brien said Tuesday (Jan. 17) at the 36th annual MLK Celebration Keynote Lecture and Award Ceremony. “That means for the rest of us that we have that same opportunity,’’ said O’Brien, an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and…

Well Said: The presidential transition

With the inauguration just a few days away, the presidential transition of power is in the limelight. In this week’s episode, we talk about the complex transition process with associate professor of political science Terry Sullivan. Sullivan is also the executive director of the White House Transition Project, which helps prepare the incoming president and…

800 — and counting

Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams won his 800th game Monday night against Syracuse — becoming the second fastest coach, in terms of games coached, to reach that milestone. Stories from goheels.com include: The post-game 800th win celebration video Column: One of us Game highlights from GoHeels TV Posted January 17, 2017

‘Keeping the Faith’ on MLK Day

More than 140 runners on Monday (January 16) took part in the MLK “The Time is Now” 5K at UNC-Chapel Hill – part of Carolina’s 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Chancellor Carol L. Folt and other University leaders attended and spoke at the third annual event. The theme was “Keeping the…

‘In the presence of greatness’

As a Carolina sophomore in 1960, Oscar Brinson didn’t know much about Martin Luther King Jr. King, then 31, was still working his way to becoming the heralded civil rights leader that we remember on the national holiday in his honor. But from what Brinson had read about the young reverend, he knew enough to…

Message from Chancellor Folt: Welcome back

Dear Carolina Community: Happy 2017! Please take a moment to watch my welcome back video message for a look at what you might have missed while you were away – and what’s coming up this semester. And a special thanks to all who worked so hard over the past few days to keep us safe…

A life at the bench

In 1936, when Oliver Smithies was eleven years old, his uncle lent him a telescope with a broken lens. Oliver wanted to fix it, so he read stacks of Scientific American magazines at the local library.

“I remember getting quite a long way with making an eight-inch lens,” Smithies says. “But at one stage I had to heat it up and unfortunately I didn’t understand something properly and it cracked.”

Smithies’ notebooks go digital

Oliver Smithies, Carolina’s world-renowned geneticist and Nobel laureate, has been taking daily notes in his journals since he was a biochemistry graduate student at Oxford University nearly 65 years ago. Smithies has dedicated his life to the study of science, and his notebooks contain not only his groundbreaking research, but also details of his day-to-day life.

Dr. Oliver Smithies, in memoriam

In 2007, Oliver Smithies became the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s first full-time faculty member to win a Nobel Prize. He received the honor for his development of a technique that makes it possible to introduce targeted genetic modifications to cells. But to the campus community he was more than a Nobel laureate…